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January 6, 2014 - Marriott International honored top owner and franchise companies at the annual MINA & Full Service Owners Conference held recently at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Four companies – Concord Hospitality, The Kessler Collection, Sage Hospitality and White Lodging Services – were awarded the Partnership Circle Award, the highest honor Marriott presents to its owner and franchise partners for hospitality excellence. 

Marriott’s Partnership Circle Award honors owners and operators who have a strong alignment with Marriott in a number of different areas, from overall culture to sharing a long-term commitment with Marriott and its guests. The awards criteria also includes product growth, engagement, RevPAR growth and overall product integrity.

“This year’s Partnership Circle Award winners represent the breadth of Marriott’s top full service owners and franchisees, including long-term partners and newer entrants,” said Liam Brown, President, U.S. & Canada Division for Select Service & Extended Stay Lodging and Owner & Franchise Services. “They share an unwavering commitment to Marriott, not only in providing industry-leading hospitality to our guests, but also in growing their portfolios with us.”

Marriott’s 2013 Partnership Circle Award Winners • Concord Hospitality of Raleigh, N.C., has numerous Marriott and Renaissance hotels in its portfolio and manages them with solid experience and a great attention to detail, leading to strong business metrics. They have one approved hotel in Marriott’s development pipeline.

• The Kessler Collection of Orlando, Fla., considered the founding member of the Autograph Collection, has partnered with Marriott to bring nine hotels into the Collection.

• Sage Hospitality of Denver, Colo., owns or manages hotels across Marriott’s entire full service portfolio and drives exceptional results in all metrics from GSS to RevPAR.

• White Lodging Services of Merrillville, Ind., has a large and growing Marriott portfolio, with multiple JW and Marriott Hotels that are brand builders and leaders in their markets.

In addition to presenting the Partnership Circle Awards, Marriott honored owners and franchisees for their achievements in the following categories: Development Partner of the Year, Opening of the Year, Renovation Excellence, Food & Beverage Excellence, Service Excellence, Spirit to Serve and Spirit to Preserve. A list of these winners follows.

Development Partner of the Year Stonebridge Companies – Renaissance Denver Downtown Hotel and Renaissance New York Midtown South Hotel

Opening of the Year   The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection® Manager: Quorum Hotels & Resorts Owner: Brown Palace Hotel Associates, LP

Milwaukee Marriott Downtown Manager: White Lodging Services Owner: Jackson Street Management, LLC

Renovation Excellence The Lexington New York City, Autograph Collection® Manager: Highgate Holdings Owner: DiamondRock Hospitality Company 

San Diego Marriott La Jolla Manager: Merritt Hospitality  Owner: HEI Hotels & Resorts

Renaissance Westchester Hotel  Manager: Highgate Holdings  Owner: Sunstone Hotel Investors

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest  Manager: StepStone Hospitality  Owner: Northland Inn

Food & Beverage Excellence Davidson Hotels & Resorts DelMonte Hotel Group PCH Hotels & Resorts, Inc. White Lodging Services Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

Service Excellence Amway Hotel Corporation Boyne Resorts Concord Hospitality DelMonte Hotel Group Greenwood Hospitality Group Innkeepers Hospitality LLC Lighthouse Properties Musselman Hotels PCH Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Pinnacle Hotel Management Quorum Hotels & Resorts Vail Resorts

Spirit to Serve MDM Hotel Group LTD. Shaner Group Spottswood Companies, Inc.

Spirit to Preserve Concord Hospitality John Q Hammons Hotels & Resorts

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